As two prominent names in the late 1980s funk-metal scene, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More initially engaged in a friendly competition. However, the verbal conflicts between Anthony Kiedis and Mike Patton intensified this friendly rivalry. After the release of Faith No More’s “Epic” music video, the two began to argue. Although the song was the group’s breakthrough hit in 1990, it also sparked a feud between the two members after the RHCP vocalist accused Patton of copying his dance moves in the music video. Kiedis claimed in multiple interviews that Patton stole his act from him. Mike Patton, on the other hand, chose to remain silent in response to these accusations and did not respond to Kiedis. In a 1990 interview, he broke his vow of silence and called the RHCP vocalist “inadequate.”
Mike Patton broke his silence and referred to Anthony Kiedis as “Inadequate.” After the release of Faith No More’s ‘Epic,’ Anthony Kiedis discussed Patton’s imitation of his moves in multiple interviews. Even his drummer recognized this similarity, he said. The vocalist also expressed concern that fans in the United Kingdom believed RHCP to be copying Faith No More. In a 1990 interview with Faces Magazine, Mike Patton addressed these allegations for the first time. The vocalist stated that Anthony Kiedis’ accusations did not bother him, and that the RHCP vocalist was free to speak his mind. He stated that Kiedis’ comments had no effect on him and speculated that the musician may be preoccupied with him because he feels ‘inadequate or old.’ Patton revealed that he had no reason to speak behind Kiedis.
Mike Patton responded when asked about the accusations of Anthony Kiedis: It does not bother me in the least. Honestly, it gave me a tremendous amount of enjoyment. I mean, it’s fine if he talks about me in interviews – it’s free publicity! It is somewhat out of line. Either he is feeling insufficient or old, or I am unsure. That’s impressive, but I have no reason to slander him.” When Mike Patton reunited with his former band, Mr. Bungle, in 1999, the pair’s conflicts were reignited. They were preparing to release the album ‘California’ as RHCP worked on ‘Californication.’ As a result of Warner Bros.’ decision to release the RHCP album first, the disputes intensified.
Additionally, Mr. Bungle was banned from certain summer festivals after RHCP threatened the label and demanded that it choose a side. Mike Patton and Mr. Bungle responded to RHCP’s accusations by performing RHCP’s songs poorly at a Halloween show while dressed as band members. The conflict between the two sides diminished over time. Patton stated in the past that he could not recall the origins of these conflicts. According to him, if they saw each other at that time, they could exchange a warm embrace.